AFC Wild Card Game Day Newsletter 10 Jan 7th Bills_Digital - Page 62

rushing leaders in the NFL in 2017. Even with that fi nal ranking, there is plenty of room for improvement on the ground. As of late, there have been moments where the running game has spun its wheels – a prime example, last week’s Week 17 loss to the Titans, when the Jaguars collectively rushed for only 87 yards, with a long run of 9 yards. Can the Jaguars get back to the form they showed in Pittsburgh early in the season? Remember the 13-play drive in the second half when the Jaguars ran on every play to kill clock and add a fi eld goal? That effectively ended any hopes of a Steelers comeback, and that’s the kind of play the Jaguars need with a lead in the postseason. Protecting the football is paramount, and for the most part this season, quarterback Blake Bortles and the offense has done just that. Seven turnovers over the last two weeks of the regular season led directly to 24 points for opponents. Let’s hope the Jaguars offense got that out of their system heading into the playoffs. AP Images The health of the Jaguars on the offensive side is promising as well. Wide receiver Allen Hurns returned to the lineup last week after missing six weeks with an ankle injury. Wide receiver Marqise Lee and left tackle Cam Robinson each missed last week’s game, but Head Coach Doug Marrone said both were trending up as the week ended. Fournette has continued to work through bumps and bruises throughout his rookie season. If you can crawl, this is the time of year you will fi nd a way to play. Expect this Jaguars team to be as close to full strength as it can be for today’s game. BUFFALO BILLS With a 9-7 fi nish, the Bills awaited the result of the Week 17 Bengals-Ravens game to see their postseason fate. An incredible fourth-down touchdown pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton sent the Ravens home for the postseason and put the Bills in the playoffs for the fi rst time since 1999. The major question all week is the status of running back LeSean McCoy, who was carted off the fi eld in last week’s game with an ankle injury. McCoy fi nished fourth in the league with 1,138 AP IMAGES